Lord, What is All Our Fighting For?

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Lord, what is all our fighting for?
We train our young to go to war.
A young girl sees the terror spread
As soldiers shoot her parents dead.

Lord, what is our acceptance for?
We tolerate what you abhor.
Each day more little ones are lost;
May we seek truth and count war’s cost.

What can we for repentance bring?
You do not want an offering.
“Do what is just,” you simply say;
“Love what is kind and seek my way.”

Lord, what is all our silence for?
Now make us bold to say, “No more!”
The world need not be what it’s been;
Your peace will reign! Your love will win!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #75a

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, what is all our fighting for?
Title: Lord, What is All Our Fighting For?
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2005)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: Copyright © 2005 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

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O WALY WALY

O WALY WALY is a traditional English melody associated with the song "O Waly, Waly, gin love be bony," the words of which date back at least to Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany (1724-1732), and as the setting for a folk ballad about Jamie Douglas. It is also well known in the Appalachian region of the…

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TALLIS' CANON

TALLIS CANON is one of nine tunes Thomas Tallis (PHH 62) contributed to Matthew Parker's Psalter (around 1561). There it was used as a setting for Psalm 67. In the original tune the melody began in the tenor, followed by the soprano, and featured repeated phrases. Thomas Ravenscroft (PHH 59) publish…

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